Board Members

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Paul Wedemann, President

Paul Wedemann 2018 photoPaul was elected to the District 100 Board of Education on April 7, 2015. Along with his wife, Nancy and their two children, Paul has lived in Bensenville for 23 years. He had two Fenton graduates as of 2016. Mr. Wedemann worked in the international export/import logistics field for 30 years. He has also volunteered his time with many of his children’s activities over the years. Paul sought a position on the District 100 Board of Education because he wanted to “contribute to a positive and inclusive educational environment for the academic success of Fenton students in a fiscally responsible manner.”

Term Expires: 2021

Mary Ann Payton-Howell, Vice President

Mary Ann Payton-HowellMary Ann Payton-Howell was elected to the District 100 Board of Education for a 4-year term in April of 2017. She is a lifelong resident of the Bensenville Community and has worked for John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (Fisher Nuts) for 34 years and currently is the Office Services Manager. She says, "I am enjoying the experience and education of making a difference in the lives of all our students."

Term Expires: 2021

Patty Jalowiec, Secretary

Patty Jalowiec Photo 2018

Patricia (Patty) Jalowiec was elected to a 4-year term in April of 2017. She has been a 17 year resident of Wood Dale. She is married to Jeff and has 4 children: 3 of 4 have graduated from Fenton and the 4th is graduating in 2019. This is Patty’s first elected position, but has numerous volunteer and appointed positions on various boards and committees, including the Wood Dale Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. She actively volunteers around Fenton High School for her children’s many activities, as well as at Holy Ghost Catholic Parish as the coordinator of Youth Ministry and several other positions. She is retired from the United States Air Force, and continues to volunteer as an Admissions Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy and is a Registered Nurse.

She serves as the FHS Board of Education representative on the Bensenville Community Foundation. Patty ran for the Board of Education to “hopefully be a conduit for communication between the board and its stakeholders; to help improve the quality of education for all students and not just those who are college bound-because not everyone is college bound.”

Term Expires: 2021

Leonel Figueroa, Board Member

Leonel Figueroa Board Member

Leonel Figueroa was confirmed by the board in February 2018 to fill the vacant seat. He brings volunteer experience to the District 100 Board. He served as a member of Blackhawk PTA, Boosters and is currently a member of the Fenton Music Boosters. He has one daughter who is a graduate of Fenton and one son currently attending Fenton HS.

Mr. Figueroa is a 29-year resident of District 100.  He holds an Associate’s degree in Elementary Teacher Education and in Business Administration and is currently working at Bridgestone in Wheeling. 

Term Expires: 2023

Juliet Rago, Board Member

Juliet Rago

Juliet Rago was first elected to the District 100 Board of Education in April of 2017. She and her family have lived in the Fenton community school district for 13 years. Juliet is a proud parent of a recent graduate of Fenton and two current Fenton students. Juliet has always been an active parent volunteer throughout her children’s academic careers. She looks forward to doing her part to help Fenton continue to provide an exceptional education to its students.

Term Expires: 2023

Jacci Ramirez, Board Member

Jacci Ramirez Jacci Ramirez was elected to the District 100 Board of Education for a 4-year term in April of 2017.


Term Expires: 2021


Kittipon "Kit" Tingpalpong, Board Member

Kit TingpalpongKittipon “Kit” Tingpalpong was elected April 2019 to serve his 4-year term.  Kit lives in Wood Dale with his wife and 3 children. He works as the Financial Services Associate for AAA Auto Club Group. He graduated with a bachelor’s in engineering and business, with an emphasis in Math. He volunteered to teach financial literacy to not-for-profit organizations Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities. As an immigrant from Thailand since 1980, he’s held a green card until November 2018 when he was sworn in to be a U.S. citizen. Now Kit is ready to serve the community as District 100 Fenton board-elect. 

 A high appreciation for multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion, as elected officials we owe it to our voters and residents of Bensenville and Wood Dale to highlight the best of our community by strengthening our community with a robust school system. Local schools raise the community.

He says, "My focus is to make decisions with our student’s well-being at center, offer all students a path towards self discovery and excellence, provide support and resources to help our teachers and faculty be their best in teaching and instructing our children, and develop school leadership that is a model to follow with transparency, building and earning trust and confidence in our school and our community."

Term expires: 2023
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